Sam Elliott apologizes for ‘Power of the Dog’ criticism

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Sam Elliott expressed regret for strongly criticizing Jane Campion’s western “The Power of the Dog” on Sunday afternoon, and apologized to Jane Campion, Benedict Cumberbatch and the gay community.

Elliott gave his commentary during a promotional panel for his “1883” series, a spin-off of “Yellowstone” for Paramount+, featured in Deadline’s Contenders TV event.

“I wasn’t very outspoken about it. I didn’t word it right,” Elliott said. “I’ve said some things that hurt people and I feel terrible about that… I [said] that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director. I want to apologize to the cast of ‘The Power of the Dog’ — brilliant actors all, especially Benedict Cumberbatch… All I can say is I’m sorry and I am. I’m.”

Elliott apologized for the way his comments were received by the gay community.

“The gay community has been amazing my entire career. And I mean my whole career, from before I started in this city. Friends at every level, in every job description – until today, with my agent, my dear friend of several years. I’m sorry that I hurt one of those friends, someone I loved and someone else by the words I used,” Elliott continued.

Elliott’s original comments on “The Power of the Dog” came to the fore when the actor appeared as a guest on the “WTF Podcast With Marc Maron,” which featured the hour-long interview on the topic of Netflix’s western. Elliott compared the depiction of cowboys in the film to Chippendale dancers and seemed troubled by Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrait of a gay ranch hand in the closet.

“That’s what all those damn cowboys in that movie looked like… They’re running around in chaps and shirtless. There are all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the movie,” Elliott said at the time. “Where’s the western in this western?”

When asked to respond to Elliott’s comments, Campion did not hesitate to retaliate, stating: Variety,,I’m sorry, he was a bit of a BITCH. He’s not a cowboy; he’s an actor.”

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